World ranking (current/end of year)
Current 2020 Stats
FedEx Cup Rank: 78th
Top 10: 1
Top 25: 1
Made Cut: 3
Off-The-Tee: 230th (2019: 79th, 2018: 30th, 2017: 51st)
Approach: 163rd (2019: 62nd, 2018: 162nd, 2017: 67th)
Around The Green: 231st (2019: 28th, 2018: 8th, 2017: 42nd)
Putting: 1st (2019: 55th, 2018: 121st, 2017: 10th)
Tee-To-Green: 230th (2019: 41st, 2018: 46th, 2017: 37th)
Total: 215th (2019: 34th, 2018: 59th, 2017: 11th)
Oosthuizen remains something of an enigma. For someone not averse to those maddening late WDs, his world ranking position has been incredibly inconsistent, a reflection that he still regularly churns out big performances. He's had one already this season with a T3 in the WGC-HSBC Champions. Just four starts mean his Strokes Gained numbers aren't reliable yet; they look awful although he is ranked 1st in SG: Putting and his quotes below back that up. In 2019 he was strong/solid in all areas while Around The Green is definitely one of the South African's strengths. Historically, his putting comes and goes, perhaps explaining the inconsistency in his week-to-week results. Note, if bringing in European Tour results this season (runner-up South African Open, fifth Abu Dhabi, T23 Dubai Desert Classic), he'd be bumped up to a 'B'.
Grade so far: C
Louis Oosthuizen 2020 quotes
WGC-HSBC Champions (after his third place finish): "The rest of my game, except for my driving, was very good this week. I putted beautifully. Iron shots were good. Can't complain."
WGC-HSBC Champions (an insight into his ball flight): "I got to my tee shot on 18, and I'm on the downslope, and I just know whatever shot I hit, it's going to go long, it's going to either have a massive bounce and go long - I just don't get the height on my clubs that those boys do. It was a tough one to lay up."
Dubai Desert Classic (speaking about a run of five top sixes in six starts either side of Christmas): “Just a lot of things that I've been working on is sort of coming together, and rolling it nicely. Making a few putts here and there. Just need to keep on doing what I'm doing."
WGC-Mexico (where quotes backed up the stats: he lost nearly 5 strokes off the tee but ranked 2nd for the week in SG: Putting) "I'm struggling finding a driver that I'm comfortable with, so you'll see me a few times in places that I'm normally not at, but yeah, I'm fighting it out, and I've done a good job on the greens today."
THE MAJORS (most recent result on the left)
The Masters: 29-12-41-15-19-25-MC-2-MC-MC-MC
That's a pretty solid record at Augusta National since he lost a playoff to an inspired Bubba Watson in 2012. And, of course, there have been a couple of magic moments too: his albatross at No. 2 in 2012 and hole-in-one at 16 in 2016. "I know I can play this golf course, but your game needs to be on form," he said a few years back. The stats show that he goes for it off the tee (Oosthuizen has been in the top 12 for Driving Distance five times at Augusta) and is ultra-reliable with his irons (six times in the top 20 for GIR in the last eight years). His best putting year coincided with his second place in 2012.
PGA Championship: 60-DNP-2-22-30-15-DNP-21-MC-MC-MC-73
Oosthuizen's second place in this event at Bellerive in 2017 meant he completed the sweep of having a runners-up finish in all four majors. In other words, if you time it right, he has a huge upside. He's been pretty consistent overall although hasn't made it to the start line in two of the last seven years.This year's venue could be a good one for him as he reached the quarter-finals at Harding Park when it staged the 2015 WGC-Match Play.
U.S. Open: 7-16-23-23-2-40-WD-MC-9-MC
Perhaps it's the laid back demeanor that helps Oosthuizen do so well in what is usually the most attritional of the four majors. He was T9 at Congressional in 2011 and a second place at Chambers Bay in 2015 where he started with a 77 has sparked a run of five straight top 25s which continued with T7 at Pebble Beach last summer. Another plus is that in his five starts in New York (we're there this year at Winged Foot) he's made the top 20 four times.
Open Championship: 20-28-MC-MC-2-36-WD-19-54-1-MC
Yes, Oosthuizen has a second place in this one too but, of course, he has a win after crushing the field by seven shots. Both those big performances were at St. Andrews so bear him in mind when the tournament returns there in 2022. He was T54 at Royal St. George's when defending in 2011 and, after the cancellation of this year's event, will get another crack there in 2021. Overall in the majors: five top fives, seven top 10s and 19 top 25s from 44 starts. He's made 28 cuts.